Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was gunned down in a "cold-blooded targeted attack" in a Merseyside street.

Nyle Corrigan, 19, was found bleeding and injured following the shooting in a cul-de-sac in Stockbridge Village, on Thursday at around 6.30pm.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene but he died a short time later, Liverpool Echo reports.

Hundreds of tributes have flooded in on social media to the teenager as people express their shock and devastation at the news.

One friend wrote: "19 years old and now that's it hes gone. NINETEEN YEARS OLD. I'm heartbroken.

"Rest in peace Nyle always in our hearts."

The shooting took place at around 6.30pm on Thursday

Another posted: "Absolutely heartbreaking, rest in peace Nyle thinking of your mum and family."

Many paid their condolences to the family of Nyle on Facebook and Twitter while slamming his killer.

Fran De Asha said: "So so wrong. What a waste of a life my heart goes out to this young man's parents and family."

Sinead Colquhoun said: "Omg what's this world coming to."

Police have launched a murder investigation

Toni Hughes posted: "So sad. RIP gorgeous soul.

"What is this world coming to?"

Kim Marie Chaloner said: "This is so terribly sad R.I.P sending love to his family and friends. xx"

Laydee Langlois said: "Heinous and repulsive crime!

The community have expressed their shock at the killing

"My thoughts with the young man’s family and friends."

Marie Al-Ramadhan said: "Just heartbreaking my heart goes out to the young man's family and friends. RIP."

Shortly after the killing, Detective Inspector Tony O'Brien shared his condolences and issued a statement to condemn those who continue to use guns the streets.

He said: "The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish the motive and to identify those responsible.

A huge police presence was seen in Stockbridge Village after the shooting

"This was a cold-blooded, targeted attack on a residential street which has taken away the life of a young man and tonight a family are mourning their tragic loss.

"The people responsible for this attack knew exactly what they were doing and they need to be caught.

"There is no place in Merseyside for firearms, or those who use them and bring fear to our communities.

"We need members of the public to come forward with information so we can keep our streets safe.

"I would urge anyone who saw anything, or who has any information, which could help us with our enquiries to contact us urgently.

"You may not think that the information you have is significant but it could help us with our enquiries."

A post mortem will be carried out in due course.

Nyle's next of kin have been informed.

Anyone who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.